An Alpena man was found guilty Thursday after making false claims against Michigan State Police troopers.

The Attorney General tells us 71-year-old Thomas VanDuinen was found guilty yesterday by an Alpena County jury of making false claims against Michigan State Police troopers during the execution of a search warrant.

Initially charged in August 2022, VanDuinen was found guilty of Three counts of false report of a felony. one count of providing a false statement to a police officer, and one count of use of a computer to commit a crime.

In February 2021, MSP executed search warrants on VanDuinen’s home and a pole barn he rented for his business in Alpena.

Two days after executing the search warrants, VanDuinen began filing reports and demands for the return of his property and then filed a lawsuit against MSP.

In his reports, demands, and lawsuit, VanDuinen made numerous false allegations against the MSP troopers who searched his home and business, accusing them of stealing money and hydrocodone pills and forging signatures on the search warrants that were used to search his properties.

VanDuinen reported these allegations to the MSP Professional Standards Section and a criminal investigation was initiated in June 2021.

The Michigan Solicitor General authorized the close of the investigation against the troopers in January 2022.

VanDuinen will be sentenced on Aug. 19th.